Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

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You already know of my love for quotes. But wise words are made only better when hand-lettered, in this case by artist Lisa Congdon in the book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational QuotationsInsights, calls to action, and encouragements illuminate every page making this a bright spot on any bookshelf. It would also make a thoughtful gift for anyone going through tough times or reaching an important milestone.


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Prints: April Edition


02A by Georgiana Paraschiv // Fist Bump, Jazz Hands, High Fives by Maidservant of Encouragement // Personalized Number Poster by Evajuliet // Pineapple by Ez Pudewa


Why the Hell Not by alphonnisine // Hi Five! by tuesday mourning // Heck Yes by Read Between the Lines // Blackberries Pattern by Georgiana Paraschiv


Happy Weekend

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01/ Nice Nosing You, a photo series that gets up close and personal with dog snouts!
02/ All Hail the King explores the different personas of Walter White.
03/ Check out these custom rolling pins that print across dough!
04/ Incredibly detailed macro photos of butterfly and moth wings.
05/ Beach trash found in New York Harbor is given a new life in Found in Nature.
06/ An NYC cyclist-inspired print made with seven different bike tires.
07/ Field Note’s Sherwood edition features covers made of American cherrywood!
08/ Mirror Culture uses 6,000 CDs and fishing line to reflect crazy light.
09/ Four posters inspired by Wes Anderson’s most popular films.
10/ What happens when you zap instant film with 15,000 volts?

This week on Design Crush:
Two illustrators, two cities, two coasts – loving Hello NY and Meanwhile in San Francisco.
Beauty tips and tricks on the cheap.
Crushing on Barbara Macfarlane‘s energetic city maps.
ferm Living’s spring collection is definitely channeling the season.
Dreamy mid-century pastel illustrations of homes from Chris Turnham.
Graphic home and office goods from Design Letters & Friends.
Retro-modern art featuring top musicians from Tuna Bora.
ALERT! Trending: Fiber Tapestry Art!
Collages that I’d like to turn into fabric from Kate Lewis.


Tuna Bora

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Los Angeles-based illustrator Tuna Bora‘s recent work full of famous musicians is incredible. Her style feels half retro and half futuristic, but in a very unique way. Recognize any of her musically gifted subject matter?


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Chris Turnham

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Mid-century prints of homes in pretty period appropriate tones? Sign me up! Chris Turnham creates these beauties (along with other buildings) and sells them as prints. My walls are screamin’, how about yours??


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Hello NY / Meanwhile in San Francisco

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There’s something very appealing about two popular indie illustrators telling the stories of their hometowns on opposite coasts in simultaneously released books. In Hello, New York: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs Julia Rothman talks historical tidbits, idiosyncratic places to visit, interviews with locals, and her life growing up in the Bronx. Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words, Wendy MacNaughton asked dozen of locals to describe their lives in the city. Both are amazing looks into two beloved cities.


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The Made-Up Words Project

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Completely brilliant and oh so fun, The Made-Up Words Project is the brainchild of illustrator Rinee Shah. The goal is to collect and catalog made-up words used among friends and family. I can completely vouch for the above growing up in western Pennsylvania, except that we pronounced it guh-chies instead of goh-chies!


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Happy Weekend

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01/ An African ghost town in Namibia is being reclaimed by the desert.
02/ Maya Hayuk has created an incredible geometric mural on the Bowery Wall.
03/ In Neighbors, photographer Arne Svenson peers through strangers windows.
04/ Incredibly precise geometric sandcastles built by Calvin Seibert.
05/ Photographer Ger Kelliher captures high speed sea foam.
06/ Playful speed sketches of people doing everyday things.
07/ Repurposed vintage bike parts have been turned into functional “taxidermy” racks!
08/ The Urban Prisoner captures candid shots of New York over three decades.
09/ Life Once Removed is one artist’s snarky response to society’s expectations of women.
10/ Yoonjin Lee gives lost items in NYC a voice by making little signs for them.

This week on Design Crush:
If you haven’t already, have a listen to Mixtape #33: Hello Hello.
I can’t gets enough of the vibrant art of Kristi Kohut.
I have a new favorite pair of glasses, they’re from the Warby Parker Spring Collection 2014.
It’s all about perception, check out Buildings Made of Sky.
So many pretty jewelry pieces in Son of a Sailor’s LAND collection.
Here are 12 February DIYs for your monthly dose of creativity.
A Van in the Sea has me longing for a road trip and the stars.
Susan Connor New York is nailing subtly hued geometric textiles!
Shibori is trending all over the place.


Anne Smith



Last week I started my first official 365 days project (more on that later), and I’d like to think that artist Anne Smith began her 100 Cups project in much the same way. Mine isn’t anywhere near as beautiful as hers, but I love the idea of taking the same thing again and again and finding ways to make it new.




Prints: December Edition


Bubbles by Victoria’s Atelier // Calcite (No. 3) Crystal by Hamish Robertson // Deer by Victoria Semykina // Geometric Alphabet by Mademoiselleyo



Happy Holidays, Fruitcake by Read Between the Lines // Mistletoe by Baron Art Co. // Succulent by Leah Duncan // What You Want by Kristi Kohut